John Legend Bruno Mars GRAMMY Shows Earn 2018 Emmy Nominations

first_imgThe Recording Academy earned five nominations this year for our musical TV centerpieces. The 60th GRAMMY Awards telecast live from New York earned nods for Outstanding Production Design For A Variety Special, Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction For A Variety Special, Outstanding Variety Special (Live), and Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Variety Series Or Special.Meanwhile, the Academy’s TV tribute to the indelible music of an icon, “Elton John: I’m Still Standing — A Grammy Salute,” earned a nomination for Outstanding Music Direction for the special’s music director Davey Johnstone.Bruno Mars also earned a nod for Outstanding Music Direction for his Bruno “Mars: 24K Magic Live At The Apollo” while Super Bowl music director Adam Wayne Blackstone earned recognition in the same category for this year’s halftime show featuring Justin Timberlake. For his role in the breakout hit live TV musical “Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert,” John Legend received an Emmy nod for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie. Already a GRAMMY, Oscar and Tony winner, if Legend wins his Emmy this year, he would join the elite EGOT-winning crew alongside entertainers such as Rita Moreno and Whoopi Goldberg. See The Music That Earned 2018 Emmy Nods john-legend-bruno-mars-grammy-shows-earn-2018-emmy-nominations News Celebrating the best in TV, the annual Emmy Awards have announced this year’s round of awards candidates Renée FabianGRAMMYs Jul 12, 2018 – 1:42 pm Emmy nominations for 2018 — the 70th year of celebrating the best in TV over the course of the previous year — are out and here’s how the music world stacked up. “Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert” also earned several additional nominations, including Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie for Brandon Victor Dixon as Judas, Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie for Sara Bareilles as Mary Magdalene and Outstanding Variety Special (Live).Other familiar musical faces made the Emmy nominations list for their acting work. Donald Glover — aka Childish Gambino — earned several nods for his work on the hit comedy series “Atlanta,” including Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series and Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series. One-time “Glee” actor/singer Darren Criss is up for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie for his role as Andrew Cunanan in “The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.”In the musical categories, a number of composers earned nominations for their music works. This includes the GRAMMY-winning composers behind the score to La La Land Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who earned a Emmy nod for Outstanding Original Music And Lyrics  “In The Market For A Miracle” from “A Christmas Story Live!” Steve Martin earned a nomination in the same category for “The Buddy Song” from “Steve Martin & Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget For The Rest Of Your Life.”Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Twitter center_img NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Apr 10, 2018 – 9:38 am All-Stars Pay Tribute To Elton John Facebook John Legend, Bruno Mars, GRAMMY Shows Earn 2018 Emmy Nominations Email last_img read more

Apple allegedly plotted to hurt Qualcomm years before it sued the company

first_img Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Apple and Qualcomm settle: Here’s what it means for your next iPhone Apple and Qualcomm settle licensing dispute amid trial’s opening arguments Intel says it will exit 5G phone modems just hours after Apple, Qualcomm settle Apple, Qualcomm make opening arguments just before settlement is unveiled Apple, Qualcomm head into latest legal battle, with billions at stake reading • Apple allegedly ‘plotted’ to hurt Qualcomm years before it sued the company 34 Originally published at 10:14 a.m. PTUpdate at 11:27 a.m. PT: Adds comments from Apple’s opening argument Apple and Qualcomm battled over licensing fees for two years. Viva Tung/CNET Before Apple ever filed suit against Qualcomm, the iPhone maker allegedly wanted to hurt the company. And it put those plans down in documents obtained by Qualcomm as the two companies prepared to meet in court.  Slides with details of those documents — viewed by reporters in court, including CNET — have now been made public. You can see the full slides here (and below). In September 2014, a document from Apple titled “QCOM – Future scenarios” detailed ways the company could exert pressure on Qualcomm, including by working with Intel on 4G modems for the iPhone. Apple and its manufacturing partners didn’t actually file suit against Qualcomm until more than two years later. A second page of that document, titled “QCM – Options and recommendations (2/2)” revealed that Apple considered it “beneficial to wait to provoke a patent fight until after the end of 2016,” when its contracts with Qualcomm would expire.  “They were plotting it for two years,” Qualcomm attorney Evan Chesler, of the firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore, said during his opening arguments last week. “It was all planned in advance. Every bit of it.” apple-slideAn Apple internal document talked about ways to pressure Qualcomm. Screenshot by Shara Tibken/CNET The news came out during Qualcomm’s opening statement in last week’s aborted trial. News broke of a settlement before Chesler had wrapped up his opening remarks. CNET was in the courtroom for the opening arguments. Because the two parties settled, Apple never had a chance to rebut Qualcomm’s claims in its opening arguments.Apple in January 2017 had accused Qualcomm of anticompetitive practices that have raised chip prices, restricted competition and hurt customer choice. The company and its manufacturing partners had argued that Qualcomm’s royalty fees, which Qualcomm based on a customer’s entire device, were too high and that they should pay only for the company’s modem chips. Qualcomm, the world’s biggest mobile chipmaker, had countered that the iPhone wouldn’t be possible without its technology, and it deserved to be paid for its innovation. The settlement marked a big win for Qualcomm, which could have been forced to change its entire business model had it lost to Apple. The agreement is also a victory for consumers, who will once again have access to fast Qualcomm modems — including ones already compatible with existing 5G networks. Apple in its opening arguments said that Qualcomm’s licensing practices have hurt competitors like Intel. And Qualcomm’s policy of no license, no chips — it won’t provide a handset maker with modems until it signs a licensing agreement — “allows them to double dip.””This case is about the fact that Qualcomm has used its monopoly … to set unfair prices and stifle competition and dictate terms to some of the biggest, most powerful companies in the world, that rational companies would never agree to in a million years,” said Ruffin Cordell, an attorney with Fish & Richardson who’s representing Apple. Exerting commercial pressure The unknown Apple team behind the September 2014 document recommended applying “commercial pressure against Qualcomm” by switching to Intel modems in iPhones. Apple ultimately started using Intel modems in about half of its iPhones with devices that came out in 2016. In the US, it embedded Intel modems in AT&T and T-Mobile models of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, but it still used Qualcomm in versions for Verizon and Sprint. Phones Components Tech Industry See All Tags Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors • Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Patents Qualcomm 5G 4G LTE Apple Share your voice Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Comments Qualcomm, for its part, knew by June 2014 about Apple’s plans to use Intel chips in 2016, according to an internal email from its president, Cristiano Amon, that was displayed during opening arguments. “Decision already has been made and beyond the point of no return on the 2nd source (Intel) for the 2016 premium tier,” Amon wrote to CEO Steve Mollenkopf, CTO Jim Thompson, General Counsel Don Rosenberg and then-licensing chief Derek Aberle. Apple “said that as a result of our policies, other chip companies can’t compete with us,” Chesler said during his opening arguments. “Where did Intel get the chips from? From god? They made them using our technology.” Another Apple internal document from June 2016 said the company wanted to “create leverage by building pressure three ways,” according to a slide shown in court. The internal document said, in part, that Apple wanted to “hurt Qualcomm financially” and “put Qualcomm’s business model at risk.” The best patents Qualcomm supplies network connectivity chips for Apple’s iPhones and is the world’s biggest provider of mobile chips. Its technology is essential for connecting phones to cellular networks. The company derives a significant portion of its revenue from licensing its inventions to hundreds of device makers, with the fee based on the value of the phone, not the components.  Qualcomm owns patents related to 3G, 4G and 5G phones — as well as other features like software — so any handset makers building a device that connects to the networks has to pay it a licensing fee, even if they don’t use Qualcomm’s chips.  Apple had purchased Qualcomm modems for its iPhones for years until the falling out. One 2009 memo said Qualcomm is “widely considered the owner of the strongest patent portfolio for essential and relevant patents for wireless standards.”  “Engineering wise, they have been the best,” Johny Srouji, Apple’s head of semiconductors, said in a March 2015 email.  The earlier memo also noted that while more than half of Qualcomm’s patent portfolio was communications and silicon engineering, it “has more significant holdings in other areas, including many areas relevant to Apple.” That included media processing, non-cellular communications and hardware. Apple had argued in its lawsuit that Qualcomm’s technology was only used in its modem and it shouldn’t be forced to pay Qualcomm royalties for innovations it had nothing to do with.  “What makes your smartphone smart is what the people up the road in La Jolla invented,” Chesler said in court, referring to the San Diego-area town where Qualcomm’s offices are based. “The reason they pay us more is because what we created is worth more.” See also Applelast_img read more

Googles ad system under EU probe for how it spreads your private

first_img 0 Post a comment Google’s ad practices are under scrutiny in the European Union. James Martin/CNET Ireland’s data protection watchdog has launched an investigation into Google’s collection of personal data for the purpose of online advertising.”A statutory inquiry pursuant to section 110 of the Data Protection Act 2018 has been commenced in respect of Google Ireland Limited’s processing of personal data in the context of its online Ad Exchange,” the Data Protection Commission said in a statement Wednesday.Google didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.The DPC, one of the lead authorities over Google in the European Union, wants to know whether the search giant’s “processing of personal data carried out at each stage of an advertising transaction” is in compliance with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation. The GDPR is a sweeping law that gives residents of the European Union more control over their personal data and seeks to clarify rules for online services.The DPC inquiry follows a complaint filed in Europe in September by privacy-focused browser maker Brave that says Google violates GDPR by broadcasting personal information to companies bidding to show targeted ads. At the time, Google denied any wrongdoing.On Wednesday, Johnny Ryan, Brave’s chief policy and industry relations officer, said the DPC inquiry signals a change is coming that goes beyond just Google. “We need to reform online advertising to protect privacy, and to protect advertisers and publishers from legal risk under the GDPR,” Ryan said in a blog post.The EU probe comes as consumers, lawmakers and regulators take a harder look at how tech companies collect and use their personal information. Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal last year brought data collection issues to the forefront. Google has also been criticized for its wide-scale data operation and the way its location history settings could mislead consumers with its disclosures. In response, Google and Facebook have both begun to preach the virtues of privacy. Earlier this month, Google CEO Sundar Pichai wrote in a New York Times op-ed that privacy “should not be a luxury good.” He continued, “We’re also working hard to challenge the assumption that products need more data to be more helpful.”Google also pushed a privacy message at its Marketing Live summit last week in San Francisco, where the search giant addressed more than 5,000 advertisers and partners in its ad network. Prabhakar Raghavan, Google’s senior vice president of advertising and commerce, said that even though the company collects lots of user information to improve its products, Google should use “as little of that data as possible over time” for ad targeting.”Whoever’s leading the market [in five years] will be the ones who are actually the most trusted,” Raghavan told CNET. “If we can maintain that trust, then we can remain a market leader. If we don’t, it’s a question.”Originally published May 22, 11:27 a.m. PT.Update, 11:44 a.m. PT and 12:32 p.m PT: Adds more background. Tags Security GDPR Privacy Google Share your voicelast_img read more

Dhaka Delhi to discuss security border coop Sunday

first_imgDhaka, Delhi to discuss security, border coop Sunday. Photo: UNBIndian home minister Rajnath Singh is set to arrive in Dhaka on Friday on a three-day visit to discuss on how the two neighbouring countries can strengthen cooperation in security areas showing zero tolerance to terrorism and radicalisation.Bangladesh home minister Asaduzzaman Khan and his Indian counterpart Rajnath will co-chair the 6th meeting of the Bangladesh-India home minister level talks.The meeting will begin at 10:30am on Sunday at the home ministry, reports UNB.Issues related to radicalisation of youths by the terrorist groups, border issues, fake currencies, border killings, cattle smuggling, visa issues, movement of illegal immigrants and Rohingya issues are likely to be discussed during the meeting apart from discussing ways to further strengthen mutual cooperation in preventing terrorism.Home minister Khan will receive his Indian counterpart at Bangabandhu Air Base at 6:30pm upon his arrival by a special aircraft on Friday.Rajnath will meet prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday morning to discuss issues of mutual interest between the two countries during his visit, an official told UNB.The Indian home minister along with his Bangladesh counterpart will open a mega and integrated Indian Visa Application Centre at Jamuna Future Park in the capital on Saturday.State-of-the-art IVAC will have 50 counters together giving an opportunity for around 700 applicants together.Later in the afternoon, Rajnath will visit Bangladesh Police Academy in Sardah of Rajshahi to jointly inaugurate the Bangladesh-India Friendship Building there.The two home ministers are expected to discuss issues related to security, border management, cooperation in countering illegal activities and travel arrangements, said the Indian High Commission in Dhaka.The visit is taking place in the context of home minister level talks held on a regular basis between India and Bangladesh. The last home minister level talks was held in New Delhi in July 2016.Rajnath will also visit Bangabandhu Museum to pay respect to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.He will also visit Dhakeshwari Temple and will offer prayers there after visiting the museum.A 12-mmber delegation consisting of Indian home ministry officials and high ups of the Border Security Force (BSF) is likely to accompany Rajnath Singh.The visit is expected to facilitate a comprehensive review of the excellent bilateral relations between Bangladesh and India and contribute to the further strengthening of ties, said the high commission.Home ministry sources said they have taken all the preparations for the visit which might see signing of three bilateral cooperation documents including revised travel arrangements 2018.Meanwhile, Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Harsh Vardhan Shringla and home minister Khan will host dinners in honour of the Indian home minister on Friday and Saturday evening respectively.Rajnath will leave Dhaka on Sunday afternoon.last_img read more

Webster Donation Puts JSC Mission Control Restoration Into Hyperdrive

first_img 00:00 /01:13 Space Center HoustonSpace Center Houston hopes to restore Mission Control at the Johnson Space Center to exactly as it looked during the Apollo years.The $3.5 million donation will be funded by the hotel occupancy tax. Hotels expect the control room restoration will attract more overnight stays from visitors to the area. William Harris is president and CEO of the non-profit Space Center Houston.“Currently it’s one of our most popular stops on the behind-the-scenes tram tour of Johnson Space Center, and you can go into the visitation area and we do an orientation so people can see the actual room through the glass, exactly.” The control room on the floor below continues to be used for the International Space Station. Space Center Houston is raising $5 million for the renovation to the second floor control center, which was declared a National Historic Landmark and taken out of operation in 1995.“Our goal is to restore it to the Apollo era. So, restore the consoles, illuminate them, add other artifacts, so it looks like a working space as it did, you know, forty, fifty years ago.” Curators can look at old pictures and film to see how the control room once looked, and retired control center employees are helping to convey what the environment was like. The Space Center hopes to complete restoration by 2019, in time for the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Listenlast_img read more

Arch Social Clubs Community Network Black Film Festival

first_imgThe Arch Social Club in Baltimore will host, the Arch Social Community Network (ASCN) and the 2017 Baltimore Black Film Festival beginning on June 9. The film festival will feature provocative Black- oriented political films and documentaries. Go to archsocialcn.org for more information and the schedule of films.last_img

Alabama Gov Kay Ivey Apologizes For Wearing B

first_img Vasha Hunt Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey Apologizes For Wearing Blackface… by NPR News Jessica Taylor 8.29.19 8:33pm Alabama Republican Gov. Kay Ivey has apologized for wearing blackface during a skit at Auburn University more than 50 years ago.Ivey said Thursday she still doesn’t recall the incident, but after a recording surfaced of her discussing the sketch with her then-fiancé and later first husband, Ben LaRavia, Ivey admitted it must be true.”Even after listening to the tape, I sincerely do not recall either the skit, which evidently occurred at a Baptist Student Union party, or the interview itself, both which occurred 52 years ago. Even though Ben is the one on tape remembering the skit — and I still don’t recall ever dressing up in overalls or in blackface — I will not deny what is the obvious,” Ivey said. “As such, I fully acknowledge — with genuine remorse — my participation in a skit like that back when I was a senior in college.”According to the interview Ivey and LaRavia did with the campus radio station in 1967, the sketch was titled “cigar butts” and “did not require a lot of talent, as far as verbal talent, but did require a lot of physical acting, such as crawling around on the floor looking for cigar butts and things like this, which certainly got a big reaction out of the audience.”Ivey is the latest politician to be swept into scandal over the wearing of blackface, a racist practice that has its roots in minstrel shows. Earlier this year, Virginia Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam admitted he had put black shoe polish on his face to dress up like Michael Jackson for a dance contest — an admission that came after a photo of a man dressed up in blackface aside another man in Ku Klux Klan dress appeared on Northam’s medical school yearbook page. Northam has denied either man is him. Soon after, Virginia Democratic Attorney General Mark Herring admitted he had put on blackface when dressing up like a rapper during college. Other politicians have come under fire for appearing in Confederate uniforms.In a state like Alabama — infamous for its violence against and treatment of African Americans during the civil rights movement — Ivey’s admission could draw even more scrutiny. Ivey alluded to those tensions in her apology, saying it’s “not what my administration represents all these years later.””I offer my heartfelt apologies for the pain and embarrassment this causes, and I will do all I can — going forward — to help show the nation that the Alabama of today is a far cry from the Alabama of the 1960s,” Ivey said. “We have come a long way, for sure, but we still have a long way to go.”In February, the Auburn student newspaper uncovered yearbook photos of members of Ivey’s sorority appearing in blackface, but the governor denied she ever participated.Rep. Terri Sewell, the state’s only Democratic House member, tweeted that “Gov. Ivey’s admission today only deepens open wounds” and her “words of apology ring hollow if not met with real action to bridge the racial divide.”But the state Republican Party has come to Ivey’s defense: “The Alabama Republican Party appreciates and supports Gov. Kay Ivey taking ownership of and responsibility for this 50-plus-year-old incident. While it occurred when she was a college student, Governor Ivey has stood up, admitted her mistake and offered a sincere apology though she has no recollection of the event,” Alabama GOP Chairman Terry Lathan said in a statement. “Her extraordinary record of public service shows her ability to work with all people regardless of race, religion or party affiliation.”Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR.last_img read more

So what are you doing this Republic Day

first_imgTo mark the 63rd Republic Day, let’s shift our priorities by trying to be responsible citizens. But R-Day in Delhi also means closed markets, traffic restrictions and more. So what do you do if you want to go out? Simple, head to the mall. Two city malls are organising cultural programmes in asscoation with Self Assessment and Management Workshop (SAM), an NGO. ‘Our volunteers will be performing dances, drama and will also be singing,’ says Geetanjali Atri, media coordinator, SAM. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’There will be  a dance performance by Prince Dance Group of India’s Got Talent fame who are coming from Chattisgarh. There will be dances based on Lord Shiva, Vishnu and Indian Army. A rock band, Eternal Bliss, will present a fusion mix of their own compositions dedicated to the Indian Army. They will round up with a skit based on Subhas Chandra Bose’s journey and sacrifice which inspired the whole nation.DETAILAt: Select Citywalk, Saket; Pacific Mall, Rajouri Garden When: Today Timings: 4 pm onwardslast_img read more

Quest for the uncharted formless

first_imgBahaar Dhawan Rohatgi is a self-taught artist whose works are embedded with soul and passion. Prior to involving herself with art Bahaar has been working with a leading law firm for over five years. While her stint at the law firm gave her the opportunity to work on several high stake matters, painting remained in her heart and soul.Each canvas is brought to life with her use of a range of different mediums. Some of her painting series are also inspirations she had derived from life. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfNocturnal Series: This is a series of Bahaar’s artworks that revolve around the curious creature- owl. Some myths associate owls with wisdom, others with wealth- the Uluka (owl) is goddess Lakshmi’s vahana (vehicle), while some others view them as fortune tellers capable of having supernatural connections. Bahaar is intrigued by this creature for the mystery surrounding it.Inner Reflection Series: This series started when Bahaar was going through a transitional phase while exploring and garnering the courage to pursue her passion full time. She wanted to implore the visions in her mind to stay, long enough, without distraction of other impeding responsibilities. Even when her mind was seeking responses, she had no time to register any. Here the ‘Inner Reflection’ series was born- the artworks reflect the inner peace and celebration of personal space. Bahaar believes in the theory of feminism and most of her subjects revolve around women. There is immense ease in expressing emotions through a woman and this series encapsulates those experiences. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveInterstellar Series: In this series, her quest is for the uncharted formless. The interstellar space has no dimensions or theme governing it. The endeavour has been to create a whole new experience and throw people’s mind out of gear, for them to question- What really lays behind the night sky? The beauty about abstraction is that it is not always a planned journey. Some of the recent exhibitions that Bahaar has been a part of would include Masters of Modern Art, Conversation, Triptych Parade and Pop up show. Recently Bahaar was chosen by Morjarto (a platform for artist by NDTV India) to present her artwork to actor Sonakshi Sinha.last_img read more

I dont respect convention in music religion

first_imgTalking about the unifying power of music, Sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan recently said that he doesn’t respect convention in music or in religion and lamented the state of the 21st century world, driven by religious strife. “I don’t respect convention. It is a very unhealthy word. Even regarding religion, my father often told me all of us have a common God. In this 21st century, we are still fighting and killing each other on account of religion,” Khan said here at a literary meet. The master of strings regretted that education has failed to instil compassion and kindness in human beings. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”How can a (person holding a degree like) PhD be radical or communal? This is the problem of the whole world, not only in India,” he pointed out. Expressing gratitude to the Almighty for the unifying power of music, Khan said, “I think the 21st century is the worst time for the world, which should have been the best time. People are afraid to travel internationally, there is a problem of security. Thank God that music has connected the world whereas language creates barriers.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAccording to the Padma Vibhushan awardee, this message of common God and race should have been given by every priest but they don’t talk as ‘they are paid servants’. “At this age, I want to give my opinion and share my thoughts with the people,” he said. About presentation and breaking convention, the legend said, “Presentation is a different art. Grammar and literature are important for everybody to learn but very few musicians realise the level of poetry. Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore was an amazing combination of a poet and musician. He took liberty in every Raga and I think only a genius can do that and the rest follow the convention”. As a young boy, he said, he did not like Rabindra Sangeet but later liked it due to Suchitra Mitra, one of the finest exponents of Rabindra Sangeet.last_img read more

When Faced With a Busy Signal One Activist Turned a Music App

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 4 min read May 30, 2017 Just after the inauguration in January 2017, Nathaniel Teichman, chief operating officer of an audio sharing app, went to a rally for Planned Parenthood in Washington Square Park in New York City. He saw a problem. Activists who called the offices of their representatives in Congress became stuck on hold and had to endure long waits before they could voice their messages. “It seemed like there had to be a way to use technology to make it easier for people to take part in the democratic process,” said Teichman, 30, who studied business at Columbia University. Since graduating, Teichman had wanted to pair his business background with his passion for music. In 2015 he began working for Venmo co-founder Iqram Magdon-Ismail on an app called Ense. It functions like an audio version of Twitter allowing musicians to share sound clips. After the election of President Donald J. Trump inspired Teichman to political action, he wondered if Ense’s model could be repurposed so that citizens could share their personal stories with their representatives. Related: Getting Started With Small Business App DevelopmentIn early 2017 he began working pro-bono on nights and weekends with collaborators, Aneesh Bhoopathy and Phil Ditzler, whom he met through Ense. With “a little bit of computing magic and a little bit of manual labor,” he said, they co-founded the app Stance. It delivers audio clips, many of them wrenching testimonials, from users’ mouths straight into representatives voicemails. For the activist on the go, Stance means no more navigating automated phone prompts, no more waiting on hold, and no more being unable to get through when call volumes run at flood levels. During the House vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act, for example, some 7,000 new people used Stance to make themselves heard. “It’s using audio sharing technology to get people more involved,” said Randy Lee, 50, a partner at Limebeat Studios in Manhattan, who also collaborated with Teichman.Since its launch in early March, more than 20,000 people have downloaded Stance on their iPhones and Androids, Teichman said. All of them have the choice to also have their audio messages publicly tweeted at their representatives. When New York City-based web designer Ryan Giglio chose this in late March, because he was worried about a bill that could weaken internet privacy, his representative, Democrat Carolyn Maloney, tweeted back at him.“I think the app is great, it’s a great low-friction way of participating in a very high-friction system,” Giglio said.In an e-mail, Maloney said, “Any new technology that better enables constituents to reach out to their representatives is a change for the better.” Related: How to Include Politics in Your Marketing Without Turning Anyone OffShe’s not the only member of Congress learning about Stance. In Montana, Democratic Senator Jon Tester began fielding questions from reporters about the new ways he is hearing from his constituents through apps like Stance and Countable.  “It doesn’t matter if it is through an app, mail, e-mail, phone or fax, people should always be able to contact their representation,” Tester e-mailed. “As technology advances, it’s critical that members of Congress are able to hear from their constituents in as many ways as possible.”Teichman said Stance will continue to develop, particularly with the aim of making it easier for congressional staffers to tally and catalog users’ concerns. Teichman also hopes that with enough people choosing to publicly tweet their audio clips, new data sets can emerge to help fact-check public officials. Related: 8 Ways To Pivot Your Business To Kickstart Growth“Politicians always say when they cast their votes that they’re just representing the will of their constituents,” he said. “This allows us to say, ‘Well, actually we have 300 of your constituents who say the opposite.’” A lesson he takes from his experience founding Stance is that in entrepreneurship it is helpful to find a previously unaddressed problem that can be solved by repurposing and modifying a tool that already exists. It’s how he got from the music collaboration idea at the heart of Ense to Stance, an idea that that allows more of the collaboration that is at the heart of representative democracy.“Everyone’s trying to do something right now,” Teichman said. “This is what we can do.”  Register Now »last_img read more

Major bus timetable shakeup starts TODAY and heres the affected routes

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailBus passengers face yet more timetable changes from today as two of the region’s main operators amend a number of journeys. Bosses at First Potteries say traffic congestion in Stoke-on-Trent has been a factor behind the move. D&G has also announced revised timetables for some services. Areas affected include Hanley, Endon, Newcastle, Trentham, Blurton and Clayton. It marks another set of changes for passengers to digest, with First making what bosses called ‘minor adjustments’ at the end of October. Read MoreStoke-on-Trent bus journeys fall by FIVE MILLION in seven years (and the new bus station is being blamed) Now the firm has listed 13 services that will be affected, with some involving frequency changes and others new timetables. Meanwhile, D&G will be altering three. Police search for missing woman “With all the constant changes to the timetables, it makes it really difficult for me to keep up to date. I’ve noticed that lots of older people who live close to me are having to catch taxis together to get about. “They have a bus pass, but because the buses are so unreliable, there’s no point in using them.” Last month, StokeonTrentLive reported that the city had seen the second biggest decline in bus use in the country – going from 15.6 million in 2009/10 to 10.3 million in 2016/17. Bus user Megan O’Donnell, aged 17, from Tunstall, added: “I don’t like that the 99 service has gone on a Sunday. This will affect my future weekend plans.” Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive . Punter found hiding in bushes Driver named following fatal collisioncenter_img First Potteries has announced changes The changes will also see D&G taking over the 8A service from Hanley to Endon. Previous operator First withdrew the service, meaning none of its buses would go from the Norton Arms pub to Endon. D&G says it will run hourly from the city centre to Endon, taking in Smallthorne, Norton and Brown Edge. First’s changes explainedServices 3/3A Hanley – Tunstall – Kidsgrove – Talke/Crewe Minor changes to bus times on Mondays to Saturdays Services 4/4A Hanley – Newcastle – Chesterton – Audley/Kidsgrove Frequency changes on Saturday mornings and late afternoon timetable Service 5 Hanley – Abbey Hulton Late Saturday afternoon buses are retimed and will not serve Stafford Street in Hanley Services 6/6A Hanley – Victoria Road – Longton – Meir – Coalville/Blythe Bridge Frequency changes on Saturday morning and late afternoon timetable. Minor changes on Mondays to Fridays. Services 7/7A Hanley – Smallthorne – Chell – Kidsgrove/Biddulph New timetable, 7 days a week. Services 8/8A Hanley – Norton – Ball Green/Endon Service 8A is withdrawn so the section of route between Norton Arms and Endon will no longer be served by First buses. D&G is providing a replacement. A new timetable is introduced between Hanley and Ball Green Services 11/12/12A Hanley – Bentilee – Longton – Newcastle New timetable seven-days-a-week. Services 21/21A Hanley – Stoke – Hanford – Trentham Service 21A will no longer operate. There will be a new 21 timetable, with all trips serving Pacific Road and Constance Avenue Services 23/23A Hanley – Stoke – Blurton – Newstead Service 23A will no longer operate. There will be a new 23 timetable, with all trips serving Christchurch Street and Station Bridge Road. Service 37 Meir – Hanley – Newcastle – Lymedale Business Park Trips towards Lymedale will depart from Meir slightly earlier Services 72/72A Newcastle – Clayton – Westbury Park Amended arrival times in Newcastle Service 98 Newcastle – Porthill – Burslem – Smallthorne – Ball Green New timetable on Mondays to Saturdays Service 99 Newcastle – Porthill – Tunstall – Chell – Bradeley New timetable on Mondays to Saturdays. First says it is making the alterations in light of ‘increasing traffic congestion’ in the Potteries. A spokesman said: “We are making a small number of changes to our services, which will see changes to journey times on some routes to combat increasing traffic congestion and changes in customer demand.” Kevin Crawford is D&G’s operations manager. He said: “These changes will help provide a better service to passengers. At the moment, the 2 and 9 routes end up running together at the same time between Hanley and Stoke. “These changes will mean that the services will be spaced out to provide a more regular and usable service to passengers.” D&G’s changes explainedService 23: Hanley – Stoke – Fenton – Blurton* This hourly service will run five minutes earlier. Blue 2: Hanley – Stoke – Royal Stoke University Hospital – Newcastle – Westbury Park* The service will no longer serve Clayton and Westbury Park and will instead terminate in Newcastle. Yellow 9: Biddulph – Bradeley – Hanley – Stoke – Penkhull – Royal Stoke University Hospital – Newcastle* This will be extended to replace the Blue 2 on the Clayton and Westbury Park section of the route. The routes will then be as currently served. Timings The timings of the buses will also be changed to provide a service every 15 minutes alternating between the Blue 2 and Yellow 9 between Newcastle and Hanley via Royal Stoke University Hospital, Stoke, Stoke Railway Station and College Road. Yellow 9 will run between Westbury, Newcastle, Hospital, Penkhull, Stoke, College Road, Hanley, Smallthorne, Bradley and Biddulph up to every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday. Blue 2 will run between Birches Head, Hanley, College Road, Stoke, Hospital and Newcastle up to every 30 minutes Monday to Friday and between Birches Head and Hanley on Saturdays every 30 minutes. *Route details prior to changes Commenting on taking over the 8A, Kevin added: “We are delighted to be taking over the 8A from First Potteries, who currently operate this service. As soon as we heard that this service was being withdrawn, we put wheels in motion to ensure that the people along the route continued to receive a bus service. “We hope that people will continue to use the service and hope people will be pleasantly surprised.” Hanley bus station and, inset, a D&G bus But passengers say it is proving tricky keeping up with the regular changes to routes in North Staffordshire. Josephine Baddeley, from Etruria, said: “There aren’t enough buses from Etruria that go directly to Biddulph where I work. “There’s one around 9am, but it’s too late for me to catch. I then need to catch a bus to Hanley to then get the 7A service to work. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital windowlast_img read more